NNLM Community Engagement Ambassador Program: Detroit

The Wayne State University, Vera P. Shiffman Medical Library Shiffman recognizes a significant opportunity in partnering with the National Network of Libraries of Medicine NNLM and the NIH Research Program to provide increased and improved access to health related information and services to residents of the Detroit Metro area primarily engaging communities identified as Underrepresented in Biomedical Research UBR by NIH. In order to maximize that opportunity, Shiffman will use grant funding to 1 hire a 50% FTE library assistant, a.k.a. CEN Ambassador, who will develop communitybased health and wellness programs and trainthetrainer library staff events to raise awareness and increased access to National Library of Medicine resources and other trustworthy, free resources; 2 raise awareness and drive traffic to the Join NLM website https://joinallofus.org/nlm in collaboration with community partners such as the Detroit Public Library DPL and the Henry Ford Health System, a leading HPO for , and a variety of subject specialists as well as precision medicine advocates, 3 create an information literacy summer research experience for a select group of atrisk local high school students who will learn about precision medicine, gain valuable library research skills, and conduct or create a culturally humble program or information resource that will be added to the NNLM Learning Object Repository.

Project Details

Organization Name

Wayne State University Shiffman Library

Organization Type
Academic institution
All of Us
Health sciences library
Project Lead

LaVentra Danquah

Start Date
May 1, 2019
End Date
April 30, 2020
Funding Amount
General Public
Adults (19-64 yrs.)